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A4 Class, Locomotive’s

by Peter
Categories: Events, Hornby, Model Railways, News updates
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Today, the 3rd July 2013 is quite special because the world steam speed record was created on July 3, 1938, 75 years ago by Mallard, a London and North Eastern Railway, (LNER) ‘A4’ class locomotive, and this event is being celebrated at the National Railway Museum (NRM) York.

There are six remaining A4 locomotives left and all will be together for the first and possibly the last time this July.

The ‘Great Gathering’ of the six A4s starts on July 3 and runs to July 17 in the Great Hall of the NRM at York and is free. Model makers Hornby have sponsored the Mallard 75 series while HRH, The Prince of Wales is Patron of Mallard 75, the title of the museum’s celebratory season of activities marking the anniversary.

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Below is My fathers old A4 Made by Hornby, ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ and is one of the old three rail Hornby Dublo locomotives with a heavy diecast body.

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The real A4 Mallard under steam back in the 1980′s

The National Railway Museum is a museum in York forming part of the British National Museum of Science and Industry and telling the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society.
National Railway Museum
Address: Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ
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The best model shop in Essex so far

by Peter
Categories: Hornby, Locomotives, Model Railways, Models shops, Triang
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Found a new model shop within 20 minutes from home and sell just about everything you need, so went armed with a long list of paints, brushes, Plasticard and balsa that I have been meaning to re-stock for ages and couldn’t get locally, they had everything I wanted and very helpful as well, so if your in or near Chelmsford Essex call in to John Dutfield models and comes highly recommended by us.

On top of that they had lots of secondhand stock as well and came away with this little Hornby shunter from the 60′s

I have been trying to track down one of these for nearly 10 years as it was my first ever loco I bought as a kid and sold it a few years later.

The Hornby number of this Loco is R559 and just called 0-4-0 Diesel shunter and was released from 1963 to 1967, I do know the last of them had glass in the windows whether this just the later years I’m not certain, my first one did when I bought it in the 70′s.

It would of been a Triang Hornby model back then and is based on a NBL 200bhp 0-4-0 shunter, North British design.

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Model train layouts.

by Peter
Categories: ACE, Bachmann, Exhibitions, Hornby, Model Railways, O gauge, OO gauge, Trix
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Spent this afternoon at the village hall in Cold Norton in Essex to see some of the local model railway clubs displaying their trains.

Above, a smart modern O gauge ACE tinplate tank loco.

The loco yard.

A mixture of Hornby and Trix O gauge trains above.

A layout of French Hornby  O gauge trains.

Below is one of the only OO gauge layouts there today, run on DCC and with Bachmann rolling stock, some great detailing

Same layout as above further along.


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Budgie 0-6-0 Locomotive

by Peter
Categories: Budgie, Diecast models, Diecast trains, Hornby, Locomotives, Tri-ang
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Most of the diecast cars and trucks I had as a kid, I now have I can still remember the basket they were kept in and even after forty odd years still have a clear image of what there was, one has eluded me mainly because I didn’t know the make it was  and while doing some research on Budgie diecast came across this on Ebay, my first thoughts was, “there it is” it was the Budgie tank loco in red just as I remember it, I just had to bid for it and got it for 99p.


This little loco is the Budgie N0224 and is the older version because the  name and number are cast on the sides, this later became decals, it is also 00 gauge and fits nicely on Hornby track.


The number on the sides, 7118 belongs to a larger 2-4-2 LNER Class F3 not to a Class 3F 0-6-0 as the casting suggests.

This could of been a research mess up at Budgie Toys, the casting designer could of asked someone to find a number for a 3F and by the time they found the reference books, got confused and picked a number for a F3, unfortunately we will never know for sure.

It did come in four colours and the picture below shows these, as well as red it came in green, bronze and black, I found the picture below on Vectis and these four in mint condition and boxed went for £60.00, I must admit if I had known I would of been bidding myself.

The boxes of the green and black one are the wrong way round as the earlier model is the green one with cast name and numbers, the box which goes with it is under the later black one.

The lettering on the earlier one was, I believe to be gold on the red version but the green one shows it to be silver, there is not much information on these so not absolutely sure what it should be.

As always if anyone knows better please contact me.

I’ve also had a number of these as Triang and Hornby loco’s in black and still have some in my own collection.


The real locomotive was known as ‘Jinty’ which is what I know it as but is actually a Fowler Class 3F 0-6-0 tank loco

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